Troops deployed to help flood relief efforts

TROOPS from around Salisbury Plain have been deployed to help with flood relief around stricken parts of the country.

Staff from Tidworth-based 43 (Wessex) Brigade have an operations room in Tidworth, with other staff deployed forward in gold and silver command posts in Taunton.

Sappers from Perham Down-based 22 Engineer Regiment have deployed to Chesil to join members of Kinloss-based 39 Engineer Regiment, who were already in Dorset on exercise.

Soldiers from First Fusiliers in Bulford have been deployed along the River Thames, where they have been working around the clock protecting homes with sandbag barricades.

In command of the military forces is Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in charge of operations, Major General Patrick Saunders, who commanded 4 RIFLES in Bulford and on operations in Iraq in 2007.

Hundreds of soldiers in Bulford and Tidworth have been placed on standby to help with the flood operations if needed.

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